Pressure by Intel to prevent large OEM Acer Europe from using K6 processors from rival AMD in some of its desktops, it emerged today.
Three days ago, Acer US announced it would use a range of K6 chips in some of its desktop ranges but a highly placed source at Acer Europe claimed that it was under pressure to stick with Intel, throughout.
That followed a briefing by Acer chief Stan Shih in Taiwan last June, when he criticised Intel's move away from the Socket Seven architecture in favour of Slot One technology.
An Intel UK representative said he regretted that Acer had moved to the competition.
"We don't put pressure on our customers. We have a range of products we sell to people. We would give Acer a reasonable price incentive to keep Acer.We could never pressure them. We care about any customers who don't buy from us. If anyone moves to an alternative product, we care about that."
Joe D'Elia, a senior analyst at Dataquest UK, said: "I'm sure Intel pressures a lot of people but a company like Acer has a worldwide model."
He said while each region had some autonomy, he thought it unlikely Acer, given its size, would bow to any pressure Intel attempted to put on it.
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